Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
- Friday, September 22, 2017
- Posted by Michelle McCarty in Uncategorized
Whether you dread the end of summer, or look forward to the change of seasons we can all agree there is an abundance of fun fall activities for New Englanders. We are blessed with beautiful foliage, cooler temperatures (goodbye humidity!) and of course the seasonal foods. If you live in the Amesbury area, don’t miss a chance to visit Cider Hill Farm this season.
You may remember our team featuring Cider Hill Farm apples and apple cider in our homemade cider donut live video last year. Well this year we encourage you to take the family to the farm for activities for all age groups. For families with young kids Cider Hill offers hayrides, live animals, and plenty of farm activities. If you are too big for a hayride, you may enjoy a tasting at the Hard Cidery located on site. There is even lunch available at the Pitchfork food stand for a farm fresh spin on comfort food. Let’s not forget everyone’s favorite fall pastime… apple picking!
Apples sell by the peck and the ½ bushel every day of the week. Right now you can get your hands on McIntosh, Galas, Macouns, and Cortlands. If you are a baker, it is the cortlands and mcintosh apples you want to look for at this time of year (think apple pie). Galas are the perfect option for pressing into cider. Speaking of cider, head inside to the farm store and grab a container of cold-pressed Apple Cider and for the real reason anyone goes apple picking… Apple Cider Donuts!
We love apple cider donuts as they are, but for a real treat try this recipe for a nutritious caramel sauce to drizzle (or smother) your donuts with.
Simple Ingredient Caramel Sauce:
1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 Cup Local Maple Syrup
½ Cup Coconut Oil
2 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch of Sea Salt
– Open the can of coconut milk and take just the cream off the top and add to large measuring cup. You should get about 1 cup of coconut cream
-Add all ingredients to small saucepan, and use a mixer to whisk together smoothly
-Turn heat on high, and bring mixture to a boil
-As mixture comes to boil, turn heat to low
-For the next 25 minutes, your job and is thicken this sauce by whisking! The first 15 minutes or so you can take breaks, after that you will want to continuously whisk until caramel becomes a thick sauce
-When sauce is thick enough, turn heat off completely and let stand
-Try not to eat the entire pan before it gets on the donuts!
This recipe is wonderful even for the health-conscious. For a guilt-free, but just as decadent alternative, use as a dipping sauce for those gorgeous apples you just picked! No refined sugar, or dairy necessary!
Cider Hill farm is located at 45 Fern St. Amesbury, MA. and is open from 8am-6pm everyday. Check out their website here.